Horses as Therapy Animals
July 2, 2017
Why ASD is not a disability
October 3, 2017

If everyone accepted people on the Autistic spectrum for who they were and played to their strengths, then people would be less shy about acknowledging their condition and would be more able to apply their strengths. How many people with Autism who had the potential to achieve as much as Einstein or Beethoven languished in their parent’s basement because only a few people in their social group accepted them? If this is the case with even one person, then our society has already paid a very high price for categorizing Autism as a disability rather than a parallel track of thinking.

If everyone on the spectrum was honest about their condition then there would be less of a stigma related to it. If everyone who knew such a person proactively identified their strengths and helped them pursue their strengths, then society would be better equipped to maximize value from this circumstance. This important, because capitalism is about taking complex situations and managing them (if not resolving them) with practical, even if sometimes equally complex, solutions. This mindset takes more work however, than merely ignoring a problem or throwing money at it. Someone with an actual disability might be better off receiving a check every month because any attempt to have them work will create undue hardship for all involved. Someone who applies a parallel track of thinking to the world on the other hand actually needs to work more than anyone else in some senses because working would allow them to see how their thought processes fit into the world as a whole